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Maryland ICAC Task Force Program

Award Information

Award #
2018-MC-FX-K031
Location
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2018
Total funding (to date)
$800,202

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $341,703)

The National Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program, consists of state and local law enforcement task forces dedicated to developing effective responses to online enticement of children by sexual predators, child exploitation, and child obscenity and pornography cases. Each State and local task force that is part of the national program shall: 1) consist of State and local investigators, prosecutors, forensic specialists, and education specialists who are dedicated to addressing the goals of the task force; 2) engage in proactive investigations, forensic examinations, and effective prosecutions of Internet crimes against children; 3) provide forensic, preventive, and investigative assistance to parents, educators, prosecutors, law enforcement, and others concerned with Internet crimes against children; 4) develop multijurisdictional, multiagency partnerships and responses to Internet crimes against children offenses through ongoing informational, administrative, and technological support to other State and local law enforcement agencies, as a means for such agencies to acquire the necessary knowledge, personnel, and specialized equipment to investigate and prosecute such offenses; 5) participate in nationally coordinated investigations in any case in which the Attorney General determines such participation to be necessary, as permitted by the available resources of such task force; 6) establish or adopt investigative and prosecution standards consistent with established norms, to which such task force shall comply; 7) investigate, and seek prosecution on tips related to Internet crimes against children, including tips from Operation Fairplay, the National Internet Crimes Against Children Data System, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's CyberTipline, ICAC task forces, and other Federal, State, and local agencies, with priority being given to investigate leads that indicate the possibility of identifying or rescuing child victims, including investigative leads that indicate a likelihood of seriousness of offense or dangerousness to the community; 8) develop procedures for handling seized evidence for ICAC task force lead agencies and affiliate agencies; 9) maintain reports required by OJJDP and other reports and records as determined by the Attorney General; and, 10) seek to comply with national standards regarding the investigation and prosecution of Internet crimes against children, as set forth by the Attorney General, to the extent such standards are consistent with the law of the State where the task force is located.

The Maryland State Police (MSP) recognizes the importance of expanding the capacity of the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The Maryland ICAC Task Force will continue to work to locate victims; protect children from online predators; provide training to law enforcement officers and prosecutors; enhance forensic capabilities; and serve as an educational and investigative resource to combat computer facilitated crimes against children. In order to ensure that Maryland ICAC investigators and computer forensic examiners have the most up-to-date equipment and training, the MSP will purchase computer equipment, software licenses, forensic and other tools necessary to conduct digital forensic examinations. In addition, the MSP will support attendance at required ICAC Task Force Program meetings, and peer-to-peer, digital forensics and computer crimes investigative training. Finally, the MSP will use grant funds to support community outreach activities, as well as mental health and wellness services and overtime costs for task force personnel. CA/CF

The National Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program, consists of state and local law enforcement task forces dedicated to developing effective responses to online enticement of children by sexual predators, child exploitation, and child obscenity and pornography cases. Each State and local task force that is part of the national program shall: 1) consist of State and local investigators, prosecutors, forensic specialists, and education specialists who are dedicated to addressing the goals of the task force; 2) engage in proactive investigations, forensic examinations, and effective prosecutions of Internet crimes against children; 3) provide forensic, preventive, and investigative assistance to parents, educators, prosecutors, law enforcement, and others concerned with Internet crimes against children; 4) develop multijurisdictional, multiagency partnerships and responses to Internet crimes against children offenses through ongoing informational, administrative, and technological support to other State and local law enforcement agencies, as a means for such agencies to acquire the necessary knowledge, personnel, and specialized equipment to investigate and prosecute such offenses; 5) participate in nationally coordinated investigations in any case in which the Attorney General determines such participation to be necessary, as permitted by the available resources of such task force; 6) establish or adopt investigative and prosecution standards consistent with established norms, to which such task force shall comply; 7) investigate, and seek prosecution on tips related to Internet crimes against children, including tips from Operation Fairplay, the National Internet Crimes Against Children Data System, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's CyberTipline, ICAC task forces, and other Federal, State, and local agencies, with priority being given to investigate leads that indicate the possibility of identifying or rescuing child victims, including investigative leads that indicate a likelihood of seriousness of offense or dangerousness to the community; 8) develop procedures for handling seized evidence for ICAC task force lead agencies and affiliate agencies; 9) maintain reports required by OJJDP and other reports and records as determined by the Attorney General; and 10) seek to comply with national standards regarding the investigation and prosecution of Internet crimes against children, as set forth by the Attorney General, to the extent such standards are consistent with the law of the State where the task force is located.

The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children (MDICAC) Task Force will continue to prevent, interdict, investigate, and prosecute Internet crimes against children. The primary goals of this project are: 1) Work consistently to locate and identify victims of trafficking and reduce violence against women and children; 2) Ensure that the MDICAC and the Department of Maryland State Police continue to play a lead role and be a key resource in protecting children from online sexual predators; 3) Provide advanced education and training for local law enforcement officers and prosecutors; 4) Enhance the ability of MDICAC member agencies to analyze seized digital devices and report the findings of evidence to the requesting law enforcement agency to include establishing procedures for handling evidence; 5) Serve as a resource of information while developing standards to include the education and assistance to Maryland citizens and law enforcement agencies interested in reducing the incidents of computer-facilitated child exploitation; and 6) Continue to maintain and expand the task force affiliates to further combat child exploitation across the state. Progress will be measured through monthly and semi-annual reports as required by the Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). CA/CF.

Date Created: September 26, 2018